3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Untitled Translation Exercise

Cory Arcangel
Untitled Translation Exercise, 2007
in collaboration with Ben Jones with production by Miriam Katzeff
01SJ Biennial: Superlight
San Jose Museum of Art
May 10 – August 31, 2008

Dazed and Confused the movie, overdubbed back into English using workers from an outsourcing firm in India.

Creating humorous intersections between hacker/DIY (Do It Yourself) ethos, popular culture, and the art world, Arcangel and Jones re-present the movie Dazed and Confused with a new twist. Using voices of workers from an outsourcing firm in India, the artists dub over the original English version of this film. After members of the firm agreed to be hired for this project, Archangel sent the script of the film to the Indian firm along with 6 blank cassette tapes and a tape recorder. Untitled Translation Exercise is a playful and humorous exercise in piracy, translation, the cultural implications of globalization, and on the outsourcing of American identity.